– “A scroll adds a fun, festive moment,” notes Laura Jean Pecci of Cambridge’s Laura Jean Floral and Event Design, whose merry mantel is adorned with an excerpt from “The Night Before Christmas.”
– Gather bulky, long-lasting greens such as cedar, camellia branch or pine in bunches to string together in a garland. Pecci’s cost-efficient tip: Opt for something asymmetrical. “Play with the style so that you’re not making 12 feet—you can get away with five.” Here, her garland is actually only on the right side.
– How to get the rest of the greenery? “Reutilize plants from your patio and outdoors,” Pecci suggests. Succulents and air plants add lots of volume to the design without dipping into your wallet.
– Those white orchid blossoms aren’t really on the branch. Place flowers that can last out of water—or even bloomed plant bulbs—throughout the setup.
– Incorporate pears and figs for pops of color. You can switch in pomegranates or oranges for different occasions.
– Repurposing objects opens up lots of possibilities. Those candleholders are actually dessert coupes.
Styling: Laura Jean Floral & Event Design, ljfloral.com; Calligraphy: LiWardian Hand Lettering & Calligraphy, liwardian.com; Coupes: Reside, resideinc.com